Best Quilt & Doona in Australia: Top 9 (2020 reviews)
This guide will help you find the best Quilt and Doona. Buying the perfect quilt is an investment to help you get a the good nights sleep. The list we have prepared includes cotton quilts, Australian wool quilts, and microfibre quilts.
How do you find the best quilt online? You want to review a quilt range which is wide enough for your needs. Consider your climate and region. For instance, Queenslanders tend to go with bamboo and cottons as they are more breathable. Melbournians and Tasmanians tend to need heavier wool and down.
Before you buy we recommend you review our Key considerations. Duvet, Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably in Australia. We generally refer to them as quilts in this review.
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To help you select the right quilt for you we have listed the best quilts in Australia.
THE BEST QUILTS IN AUSTRALIA: TOP 9
Sheridan Deluxe Dream
Sheridan Deluxe Dream – Double from $299.99. Easy care, micro loft 250 gsm. Classy piping and 100% cotton outer. Gentle Machine wash, line dry. Poly inner, with cross stitching to hold filing in place. Lightweight, but with good fullness.
You can buy this quilt here.
Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven
Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven– Double from $206. 100% Breathable bamboo, 200 gsm in winter and 400gsm in winter version. PETA Approved, Vegan. Dry Clean only. Bafflebox stitching to hold filling in place
Bambi Tencil Ecorenew
Bambi Tencil Ecorenew – Priced at $639 for an all season double. The quilt is a mid-weight GSM. Tencil is pulp from Eucalyptus trees and is vegan friendly. Machine washable and easy care. Good moisture wicking for hot sleepers, naturally hypo-allergenic. 5 year warranty.
You can visit the Bambi website here.
Mini Jumbuk Everyday Wool
Mini Jumbuk Everyday Wool – Double from $429.99, with free shipping. 400GSM in Wool. 300 thread count covering, machine washable. Anti-bacterial, free shipping. Australian Made.
Tontine Lux All Season
Tontine Lux All Season – Priced from $99 for a double. Is a medium, lightweight poly quilt suitable for mild climates. Machine Washable and easy care. Made in Australia, good for allergy sufferers.
Visit the Tontine to buy this quilt.
Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down
Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down – Priced from $899.99 for a double. Dry Clean recommended. Lightweight, 5 star warmth rating GSM 317. Soft and lightweight. Retains heat well.
Visit Adairs to buy this quilt.
Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose
Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose by Morgan & Finch – Double priced from $349.95. Cross seasonal, 8.5 warmth rating. Box stitch construction for long life. Dry Clean only. Stitched in a box construction to prevent shifting of fill.
You can find this quilt here.
PureZone Cotton Quilt
PureZone Cotton Quilt – Priced from $149.95 for a double. 300 GSM, 100% cotton outer and inner. Machine washable. Recommended for warmer climates and hot sleepers. Lightweight and easy care.
Visit PureZone here.
BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk
BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk – All seasons Double priced from $380. 100% silk filling, suitable for milder climates. Double stitched with a 5 year warranty. Fill eight for Double 11125g.
You can buy this quilt here by visiting Beddingco.
A guide to finding the best Quilt
First up – some common quilt questions.
What is the difference between a Duvet, a Doona and a Quilt?
Nothing. They’re terms used interchangeably in Australia. Traditionally a Quilt was a hand sewn cotton blanket, and it is sometimes still a way to describe a hand-made patchwork quilt. However usually Duvet, Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably in Australia.
Is a quilt a blanket?
A blanket is traditionally a woven (usually woollen or cotton) single layered cover, where a quilt is a filled, double layed construction, which a cover is placed over.
What is the best quilt filling? It depends on your preference, your climate and your values. Common fillings are wool, down, feather, microfibre, cotton and bamboo. All have pro’s and cons. You can learn more further down.
Which Quilts are the warmest?
The Warmth of a quilt depends on the thickness (or GSM) of the quilt inner. All inners can be warm, depending on the thickness of the material, and the breathability you require for your climate and or body temperature.
Is a quilt the same as a doona?
Yes, in Australia Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably.
Are wool quilts good?
Its difficult to classify as quilt as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ they all have a niche for certain climates and body-warmth types. Some are also better for allergies, some are vegan, some are easier to care for than others. Wool is a great quilt, if you’re after a heavier, dry clean option. See some options below.
Is 500gsm wool quilt warm?
500 GSM is considered ‘mid range’. Anything between 400 to 500 GSM is called ‘all seasons.’ Anything above 500 GSM is suitable for winter and cooler climates.
What’s the highest GSM for quilts?
GSM (grams per square metre) varies depending on the season your quilt is designed for. Summer quilts are lower GSM, Winter quilts are higher. Anything above 500GSM is considered better for cooler sleepers and cooler climates.
What type of quilt is best?
It’s a good idea to do some research, and consider your needs before deciding on which is the best quilt. Everyone’s needs are different. Quilts come in different fillings, fabrics and styles – so what is best for one person is not necessarily for another. We have tips below below on how to find the best quilt for you.
What is the difference between a quilt and a bedspread?
A bedspread is designed to cover a bed, as a top covering. It is usually single layed, and not designed for warmth. It has no filling, and is usually decorative.
What to consider when searching for a new Quilt:
Seasons – Summer, Winter or all-rounder quilt?
People living in climates like Melbourne, where the summers are warm and the winters chilly – often have 2 quilts, on rotation according to the weather. They find a lighter version is best for hot summer nights, and a thicker version better for Winter. Some prefer a second Medium style rather than an heavy winter quilt, which they add on top of their summer version, to save space and money.
- Summer Quilt: Dry warm climates lend themselves to fillings such as bamboo, cotton and microfibre. These are lighter, more breathable fabrics which are better suited to warm and hot sleepers and warm climates.
- Winter Quilt: cold climates lend themselves to heavier fillings such as wool and down, and a heavy style cotton-wadding. Heavier microfibres are also suitable.
Quilt Fillings & Fibres
Quilts come in a range of fibres, each with pro’s and cons. Whatever you decide on, we recommend getting the highest quality you can afford, as they will usually last longer and contribute to less waste and landfill. Most quilt casings are made from 100% cotton and/or bamboo – its worth checking what each is made of to get the best quality. Also consider if you are an allergy sufferer or co-sleep with someone who is.
- Wool Quilts – natural, breathable, warm, and medium to heavy and dense. Long lasting, hypoallergenic
- Cotton Quilts – natural, soft, light weight (although can be made thicker in some cases), vegan, hypoallergenic
- Bamboo Quilts - Natural, heavier-duty, ethical, can take longer to dry, good moisture wicking, vegan, good for those will allergies
- Down and feather Quilts – natural, however not ethically sourced. Hard wearing and long lasting. They are known for being fluffy, comfy and warm.
- Microfibre Quilts – easy care, machine washable, fast air drying. Easy to clean for children and light weight. Durable and long lasting, good for those with allergies, while still having that fluffy feeling of down and feather.
Fill Pattern of your Duvet refers to how the fill is kept in place inside your duvet. With feathers, wood and microfibre, you need to ensure that the fill is sewn into pockets which hold it into place, and ensure the fill is kept consistent. With cheaper duvets you may find that the fill patterns are not consistent and this will effect the warmth of the duvet. Most Duvets are filled into a square or diamond grid pattern, to keep the fill consistent.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Machine washable: You’ll find that cottons, bamboos and microfibres are easy care, machine washable doona’s. Usually they can be tumble dried – but we recommend air drying where possible. This gives the fibres time to rejuvenate, and sunshine kills germs.
These fibres are good for children for instance, who may have accidents or get doona’s grubby.
- Dry Clean - Down and Wools are not as easy to care for – and most are recommended for dry-clean only. We have personally washed ours on slow, gentle cycles, and air dried with no problems – but manufacturers do recommend dry cleaning only.
- Sunshine – we’re big fans of sunshine for airing and refreshing bedding. Sunshine and some fresh air rejuvenates and kills germs
- Guarantees - Most brands offer a 5 year warranty or guarantee.
Thickness and GSM
Everyone likes a fluffy, soft comfortable duvet or quilt.
GSM (Grams Per Square Metre) is often used to describe the thickness. It doesn’t necessarily equal warmth, but can be an indicator. A suggested indicator is 250gsm for warmer climates, 400-500gms for moderate and 600+ for colder climates.
Weight and space considerations Winter doona’s take up space – they’re usually heavier and buikier. So lets be real about the fact you’ll need to store them in summer in Australia. Think through where and how you would store yours. If you have limited space, we suggest that a mid-range option might be suitable, which will be less bulky and allow you to put it on top of our existing summer doona for extra warmth. The downside of this is that you will need 2 covers.
Wool and down tend to be heavier than cotton and bamboo, so it does depend on the fibre you choose.
Some storage options are underbed storage in the existing bag your doona comes in, simply fold it back up and store it under your bed. Other options include blanket boxes from Ikea and Kmart, or even folding it into an existing cover and storing it up high in a wardrobe or shelve.
Wherever you store your doona’s in the ‘off’ season, make sure they are will protected and covered from dust mites. Especially if you are prone to allergies.
Quilts come in standard sizes, from single through to King. It depends on the size of your mattress and bed frame, which you would choose. Also take into consideration your bed linen – and match your quilt size to your linen to ensure you do not need to replace it with a new quilt. As a guide, we find that going up a size (for instance using a queen on a double bed can be a good way to get good coverage when you’re sleeping with someone who moves a lot in their sleep. This can also be a good way to get extra warmth from a summer or all-season quilt. The extra coverage ensures that cold air doesn’t sneak in.
With our guide we hope you have been able to find the best quilt for you to sleep comfortably. Remember another key to a good nights sleep is choosing the best pillow.
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